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The Woman Outside My Door

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,333 ratings  ·  414 reviews
All children have imaginary friends, Georgina tells herself. It’s perfectly normal, and they all grow out of it in the end. But when her seven-year-old son, Cody, tells her about New Granny, the new friend he’s met in the park, Georgina is instantly suspicious. Something—call it maternal instinct—tells her he isn’t making it up.

But maybe Georgina is losing her mind. It wou
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by Gallery Books
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Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
Cleverly Plotted

3.5 stars

The Woman Outside My Door is a psychological thriller about a mother who is concerned about her son’s new imaginary friend, “New Granny.” Is her son in danger, or is she losing her grasp on reality?

When Georgina’s 7-year-old son starts talking about his new imaginary friend, “New Granny,” she begins to worry. While Georgina expresses her concerns and begins to grow fearful for Cody’s safety, those around her question her behavior. Something sinister is going on, and all
I couldn’t resist the captivating cover and an invitation from the Publisher to read this DEBUT novel from Irish author Rachel Ryan and I am so glad I did!

She is a new voice in the DOMESTIC SUSPENSE genre, who I will be keeping my eye on.

Seven year old, Cody has made a new friend in the park, and he calls her “NEW GRANNY”.
“Chocolate is the prize for boys who win the game”

His mom Georgina is NOT convinced that she is just an imaginary friend, invented because he is mourning the recent loss of hi
What would you do if your 7-year old child walked up to you in the park with a lollipop in their mouth that you didn’t give them? Furthermore, when asked, they tell you an old lady in the bushes who says she wants to be their “New Granny” gave it to them?

Eeek! It’s the stuff of parents’ nightmares, and that’s the creepy, unnerving scenario that confronts our protagonist, Georgina when the story opens. It definitely pulled me right in and set my hopes high for the rest of the book. This is a very
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

A Child with an imaginary friend...Imagine that!

But what if you have doubts, what if there is something a little off about your child's imaginary friend, what if "New Granny" is real, what if????

Seven-year-old Cody has been having conversations and receiving gifts from his "New Granny". Is his imaginary Granny the result of his young mind attempting to cope with the recent death of his grandmother? Or is someone really talking to Cody and giving him treats?

Georgina is worried for her so
THE WOMAN OUTSIDE MY DOOR is a psychological thriller and the debut novel of Rachel Ryan. From the first page to the dramatic ending, I couldn’t stop reading.

Georgina is the protagonist in this unforgettable story. She and Bren have a seven year old son, Cody. When she finds that Cody has some chocolate, he tells her that New Granny gave it to him. Then she finds him talking on the phone. Is it New Granny or a school mate? Bren thinks it’s just a game where Cody is dealing with the grief of rec
Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Okay. Another limbo reading for me. Firstly I love Sandra Brown and I enjoyed most of her action packed/ romantic suspense novels. I thought this book was written under her pseudonym name Rachel Rayne. Thankfully one of my Goodreads friends corrected me. This book belongs a debut Irish author with same pseudonym name . (Yeap, I should have figured out before. My bad🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️)

It dances between mystery/ psychological thriller genres but unfortunately the MCs’ dysfunctional marriage and communicat
This is a psychological thriller, and I think this is my new favorite psychological thriller. This book did not have a ton of twist and turns, but the big twist and turn at the end was so big and good. This book had me guessing who and what is going to happen the whole book. Not many thrillers does that to me anymore because I have read so many thrillers. All the characters in this book had personalist of their own, and I loved that. I think if you love psychological thrillers I think you will l ...more
Jessica | JustReadingJess
I really enjoyed The Woman Outside My Door. It is a mix of suspenseful thriller and personal drama. Georgina is grieving her mother and worried about her father. There is suspense throughout the book while Georgina tries to figure out if New Granny is Cody’s imaginary friend or a real person. The reader wonders throughout the book if Georgina is going crazy or if strange things are actually happening. Many of the surprises in The Woman Outside the Door were predictable but I still enjoyed figuri ...more
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you NetGalley and Gallery Books for my ARC. This was a fast paced thriller that I really enjoyed. Georgina’s son Cody, is visited by “New Granny.” He claims at first that she is real and gives him candy and plays games with him. He quickly changes his tune, and says it was all something he made up. Georgina is sure this person is real and dangerous. Her husband, Bren, is not so easily convinced. Georgina’s challenge to prove to Bren that she is right about this new threat was compelling an ...more
Jessica | JustReadingJess
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Woman Outside My Door by Rachel Ryan is a suspenseful thriller.

Georgina’s seven year old son, Cody, met a new friend at the park he calls New Granny. Cody had imaginary friends in the past. Bren, Georgina’s husband, is confident New Granny is a new imaginary friend. Georgina and Bren are having marital problems which make it hard for Georgina to trust Bren. Georgina’s mother died recently. She is grieving and wondering if Cody is grieving by inventing a new imaginary friend. Is New Granny Co
Katie B
This book was a solid psychological thriller, or domestic suspense novel, or whatever you want to call it. I had a fun time reading it because it held my interest from start to finish. That might seem like a minor thing but I've really been struggling with my reading concentration levels during this crazy year. I'm always happy to stumble upon a page turner like this one.

Georgina's seven year old son, Cody, says he met a new friend at the park. He calls her New Granny. Hmm... Georgina's mother
Thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for this intense psychological thriller. Rachel Ryan has crafted a gripping, mystery and shows talent in maintaining suspense, and in keeping the reader baffled about what is really going on. There is some heart-pounding, tension-filled action near the end.

Georgina has had an emotional breakdown several years earlier when her mother died and she learned her husband, Bren, may have been unfaithful. There was also some postpartum depression. I felt I sho
Erin Clemence
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication date: November 24, 2020

When Georgina’s mother passes away, her entire life changes. Struggling to deal with the grief, as well as working to save a failing marriage, Georgina tries to focus her energy on her young son, Cody. Georgina begins to see a dark figure watching her from the shadows, and when her son starts receiving phone calls f
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tense, ominous, and clever!

The Woman Outside My Door is a suspenseful, psychological thriller that introduces us to Georgina, a young wife struggling with the loss of her mother who becomes even more unhinged when her seven-year-old-son appears to have a new imaginary friend that phones him and gives him treats.

The writing is crisp and edgy. The characters are vulnerable, unreliable, and distressed. And the plot unfolds subtly into an eerie tale of secrets, obsession, heartache, shame, lonelines
Susan's Reviews
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Well done for a debut thriller! Plenty of red herrings and very likeable characters. The plot twist was a doozie, and I liked how the author wove a major black mark in Ireland's history into this story. A few of the characters needed fleshing out, but I suspect this author will be able to breathe fuller life into all of her characters as she gains experience. The writing was smooth and a
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
One trippy book.
When you read as many books as I do you kind of find the layouts of the genres to be very similar. You can actually break the book into pieces and know when to expect certain things to happen in the story.

This new author dismantled that structure just a bit with this fresh story. It’s a haunting look at dealing with grief and healing through loss.

Ryan takes a reasonable explanation for a child losing a grandparent and turns that into something that could be
Feb 26, 2021 rated it liked it
Georgina is a happy but overly stressed mother of seven-year old Cody while she is working part-time and also continuing her studies to get her art degree. Out of the blue one day Cody tells her about his new friend who he called Granny and Georgina is beside herself since Cody's grandmother had recently passed away and she thought this was odd behavior to have as an imaginary friend. As the days go on Georgina feels she is being watched and Cody's behavior worsens about his (New Granny) and she ...more
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was such a stellar debut!

Twisty, suspenseful and captivating!

A bit of a slow start but once things started picking up I couldn't put this down. I NEEDED to know who "The Woman Outside My Door" was ...

"New Granny" Cody's imaginary friend has Georgina on high alert. Strange events and questionable comments made by Georgina's 7 year old son have her questioning just how pretend his friend really is.

This book had me suspecting SO MANY characters! It was so well done. The ending was extremel
Out of the Bex
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You could read this entire review, but there's no need to waste your precious time on anything other than the pages of this refreshingly satisfying book. To put it bluntly: Yes. It is everything you've been looking for in a mystery/thriller. Go ahead and press that buy button. You won't regret it.

My five-star reviews, though rare, are often the most difficult to write. What can I really offer you other than to repetitively profess my love for said five-star book until it physically exhausts you
Barbara Schultz
4+ Yep a Great psychological thriller read!
When 7-year Cody and his friends are playing outside and called in, it takes Cody longer than the others. His mother states she will come and get him if he doesn’t come out of the bushes. He appears with candy and says “an old lady” gave to him. Mom doesn’t see anyone and believes Cody took the candy and is ‘telling a story’. Soon mom finds Cody talking on the phone which is something he often did with his Granny, however Granny died 6 months ago. Cody
Frank Phillips
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up since this is a debut!! More thoughts to come.
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it

Initial Thoughts - Fast paced + tense + mysterious
If you read a lot of thrillers, you will figure out “the woman” at around 85%, but it doesn’t diminish the interest you’ll have to read it through!! Considering this is a debut, deserves to be appreciated 👏

Final thoughts - My first read of 2021 and I wasn’t disappointed. 4.25/5 ⭐️

Georgina, Bren & Cody - a small family of three live in Dublin, Ireland. On the outside, they may seem perfect, but they all have their secrets. Georgina is devas
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars, pretty good and a fast read but I was hoping the mystery was going to be a lot more sinister.
Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really interesting premise that ALMOST hit the mark for me. It centers on Georgina, a stressed-out mother to 7 year old Cody, and whose own beloved mother recently passed away. When Cody starts telling her that he has met a new friend who gives him candy and is his "New Granny", Georgina is understandably concerned, but her husband Bren keeps telling her that making up an imaginary friend is a normal thing for young kids to do when they lose someone they love. Though Georgina feels li ...more
Cody, Georgina's seven-year-old son has a new friend that he met in the park whom he refers to as 'New Granny'. He has had imaginary friends in the past and Bren, Georgina's husband thinks that 'New Granny' is another one so he's unconcerned. Georgina, however, is not convinced and isn't sure what to believe. Her own mum, Rose, died only a few weeks ago so Cody could be trying to deal with his loss of Grandmother Rose, or could it be that someone is lurking in the shadows, watching?

The story fol
Kris - My Novelesque Life
2020; Simon & Schuster Canada

The Woman Outside My Door is a debut novel from Rachel Ryan, set in contemporary Ireland. It was nice to read a book set someplace other than US or UK. I listened to this one on audio, and enjoyed the accent and hearing pronunciation of certain words. I was invited by the publisher to try this one out, so thank you Simon & Schuster Canada for my eARC. I had a small beef with the title, for me this gave away a bit of the suspense of the novel, and I als
ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook
First of all I LOVE the cover, it is spooktacular and really went with the theme of the story.

I really enjoyed the writing style as it made it easy to read and I can't believe this is a debut author. The plot line was pretty exciting and original...What's scarier than realizing your seven year old kid is talking to an imaginary friend that he claims is his "New Granny" after his grandmother has died!?

There are a few twists and turns in this character driven story, I love books like that as it m
Lisa Leone-campbell
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing

The Woman Outside My Door is Rachel Ryan's first novel. It is a chilling story with ghostly undertones which creates a uniquely suspenseful story and will keep you guessing as to the outcome with many twists and turns in between.

Georgina, who has recently lost her mother is trying to create a bit of new normalcy in her life. She, along with her husband Bren and young son Cody, and with her widowed father are all trying to pick up the pieces to their lives. On top of this Georgina and Bren had be
When 7-year old Cody comes out of the bushes in the park and tells his mom his “new granny” gave him sweets, Georgina panics. The only grandmother Cody ever knew, Georgina’s mother, died 6 months earlier. At home, Cody gets phone calls; if Georgina answers the phone, the person on the other end doesn’t speak. Other odd things start happening. Georgina feels that someone is stalking her little boy. However, Georgina is still dealing with the loss of her mother, plus there are things going wrong i ...more
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Rachel Ryan was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. She can usually be found writing in coffee shops, hanging around libraries, or walking the streets of Dublin, making up stories.

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